Former Senate Leader Harry Reid Warns 2 Issues Could Cost Dems The 2020 Election
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Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned Democrats this week that 2 issues could cost them the 2020 election.
While speaking with VICE News by phone, the former Nevada senator said decriminalizing border crossings and “Medicare for All” are bad ideas that won't sit well with voters.
Reid said “of course” those two issues -- which many 2020 Democrats support and have been promoting -- would cause serious problems in the general election.
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"There are so many more important things to do," Reid began.
"Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list. It should be way, way down at the bottom of the list. People want a fair immigration system. They don’t want an open-door invitation for everybody to come at once," he added.
2020 hopefuls Julian Castro, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders have thrown their support behind decriminalizing border crossings and the socialist Medicare for All plan.
Reid warned that Medicare for All would be “much harder to sell” than Obamacare.
Instead, he suggested, Democrats should focus on trying to improve former President Barack Obama’s health care law rather rather than trying to scrap it and replace it with Medicare for All.
“How are you going to get it [Medicare for All] passed?” Reid asked.
“I think that we should focus on improving Obamacare. We can do that — without bringing something that would be much harder to sell. Improving Obamacare: People understand that. They would appreciate that. It locks in many important things,” he added.
VICE News added:
Nearly all of the 2020 candidates have made a point to kiss the ring of the man who built Nevada’s vaunted Democratic political machine and still holds immense power in the state — he’s had long conversations recently with candidates including Pete Buttigieg and his old Senate colleague Joe Biden.
His former aides populate many of the 2020 contenders' campaigns: Warren’s communications director, Sanders’ campaign manager, and Harris’s top Nevada adviser are all Reid alumni.
Reid also expressed support for Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden as well during the interview, saying he thinks “the world” of the former vice president.